The Shootout races happen on the water, in the main channel, around the 33.5 Mile Marker. But what many fans don’t realize is that’s only a fraction of the action. Back on the docks at Captain Ron’s, within view of the race course, race teams tweak their fine-tuned machines and fans mingle on the docks, enjoying a close-up view of the hardware and the impressive teams that push these boats to their limits.

[photos by Jeff Helmkamp — all photos copyright protected — to purchase high-res photos of your boat or crew, email the photo ID to, we’ve probably got several angles on it!]

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